KENINGAU: Tagal system introduced by the state Fisheries Department can preserve and protect river ecosystem, thus maintaining food resources such as fish for the local community.
Assistant Minister for the Chief Minister, Datuk Ellron Alfred Angin, said the system is a defensive line against certain quarters who resort to unethical methods such as electric fishing and poison, subsequently affecting both human and the river ecosystem.
In the past, he said, fishing activities were mostly done by using traditional equipments such as fish traps and net.
The declining river fish population will lead to extinction if no efforts are taken to protect them, he stressed.
“Fortunately the Fisheries Department introduced Tagal and it is now being implemented across Sabah, including in the Interior region,” he said after launching the Tagal harvest programme at Kg. Kilo, Lanas, recently.
He also said the system should be expanded for the benefit of all parties, as well as to protect rivers and the ecosystem. –SayangSabah